Merino Knits: The Must-Have Winter Essential

Sure, We may not be thinking about winter at the moment, but if there are a few essentials you need each autumn and winter they are definitely knits and sweaters.

Kowtow’s merino is a luxurious blend of organic cotton and New Zealand merino wool. Available in three essential knitwear styles, each piece is exceptionally soft, warm and breathable while upholding Kowtow’s ethical and sustainable values.

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New Greg Natale Candles - interior designer extraordinaire

Interior Designer extraordinaire Greg Natale has introduced a brand new collection of scented candles.

Three unique fragrances – Controversy, Sanctuary and Memory – are offered in two sizes, each housed in a stunning pure brass vessel, each a dazzling interior styling accent – a keepsake long after the candle has been burned.

Capped with a hand-carved alabaster onyx lid your beautiful Greg Natale candle is reusable, elegant and timeless.

Expertly crafted from perfumes selected by Greg, each candle is infused with sustainably-harvested coconut wax offering you a toxin-free, clean-burning candle that has been individually hand-poured and packed by the leaders in their craft, Cocolux Australia.

Greg Natale home fragrance offers you the definitive, sensory layer to complete your luxury interior with great value for money – A 300g candle offering a generous 80 hour burn time and the large an incredible 150 beautiful smelling hours!

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Aman announces first destination in Mexico - Amanvari - Opening 2020

Aman is pleased to announce the debut of Amanvari, a peaceful escape and private oasis nestled between mountains and sea on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula. Gracing the calm shores of the Sea of Cortes, Amanvari is scheduled to open in 2020. Comprising a hotel and private residences, Amanvari takes its name from the Sanskrit-derived words for “peace” and “water.”

Framed by the majestic Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, and hugged by the golden sand dunes of its own stretch of beach, Amanvari sits on a canvas of contrasts that was once the site of a hacienda where horses roamed free. The resort will be an otherworldly oasis offering moments of solitude in a dramatic desert landscape enveloped by the gentle calming waters of the Sea of Cortes.

Los Angeles-based real estate firm Irongate will develop Amanvari, Aman’s first property in Mexico which is set within Costa Palmas, a private beachfront resort community with 3 kilometres of swimmable beach. Irongate, in collaboration with Aman, has commissioned architects Heah & Co. who have approached the design of Amanvari with the overriding objective of allowing the surreal landscape to take centre stage.

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, each hotel pavilion at Amanvari will be like a serene island rising from the boundless terrain, allowing the lush flora and fauna to flow uninterrupted below. Resting on slender legs, the stilted structures are in keeping with Aman’s design ethos of ensuring that the destination informs the resort vision.

The resort comprises 20 bi-level hotel pavilions, each offering a generosity of space both inside and out. The pavilions will be spread across the resort’s bucolic landscape and boast floor to ceiling windows that open onto an outdoor terrace and wraparound sundeck, some with a cantilevered pool.

The main pavilion at Amanvari will form the heart of the resort presenting an open-air atrium set on the beach. This pavilion will be a destination where guests and residents enjoy three restaurants, a library and lounge, as well as a 30-metre infinity pool incorporating four hot tubs. The Aman Spa pavilion is planned to be steps from the main pavilion along a treed pathway, nestled at the heart of the site.

For those looking for a more permanent Aman lifestyle, an initial release of only 24 whole-ownership Aman Residences will be offered for sale. Set at the edge of the dunes, with panoramic Sea of Cortes views, facing the adjacent golf course, or within the organic farms, the collection of Aman Residences will range from four- to seven-bedrooms spanning from 1,207 to 1,858 square metres of covered indoor-outdoor living.

An extension of the Amanvari design aesthetic, the Aman Residences will be designed by Heah & Co., in collaboration with the families that choose to make Amanvari home. The residence homeowners will work directly with Heah & Co to customise their own version of the Aman Residence, which may include any combination of pavilions for bedrooms, theatre, fitness, yoga or a casual family room.

Chairman and CEO of Aman, Vladislav Doronin says “As we continue to evolve Aman, staying true to our ethos, brand and the lifestyle it offers, is our guiding force. Our number one priority is embracing our pathfinder spirit, and with it, introducing our guests to new destinations and experiences. In the context of Amanvari, the raw landscape on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula, is a fitting location for our first destination in Mexico and illustrates our continued commitment to curating resorts of architectural distinction. We look forward to delivering an adventure that is a cultural and spiritual odyssey, as well as a discovery and celebration of its terroir.”

“It is an incredible honour and a dream come true for me to have an Aman resort at Costa Palmas,” says Jason Grosfeld, Chairman and CEO of Irongate. “It is a testament to the beauty of the East Cape that Aman has selected Costa Palmas to be their first destination in Mexico. The unique combination of desert, mountains and palm oasis provides us with an opportunity to create an architectural masterpiece at the edge of the Sea of Cortes. We are thrilled to have Aman join the collection of international brands at Costa Palmas.”

In addition to Amanvari, the Costa Palmas master plan includes a Robert Trent Jones II golf course, 18-acres of organic farms, the private members-only Costa Palmas Beach & Yacht Club to which residence owners will be invited to join, and Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas. Amanvari is set on a stretch of white sand beach at the westernmost edge of the community and will be an architectural jewel and restorative sanctuary.

A 45-minute drive from Los Cabos International Airport ventures away from the popular destination of Los Cabos and takes guests to the East Cape, where there are few tourists. Aman is presenting a rare opportunity to experience an entirely unique side of Mexico and a surreal landscape—one of golden beaches and desert roads that wind to rarely touched mountain trails, clear freshwater swimming holes, waterfalls, and sleepy fishing villages. Diving with migrant whales, sailing and fishing expeditions, fresh water pond visits with a resident biologist and visits to local ranches for horse riding are just a few of the experiences that await Amanvari guests and residents.

Privacy is the ultimate luxury. Aman creates sanctuaries that provide guests and residents with the feeling they so desire—of solitude, of being away from it all, but yet a sense of belonging. Tucked away in a far corner of the thousand-acre development where the sea, the wild desert and farmland meet, Aman is part of Costa Palmas, yet geographically and elementally removed from it. Wild and natural, it envelopes guests and residents in their own private sanctuary. The silence. The stillness. The quiet is all around, except maybe the murmur of palm leaves in the gentle breeze, and the pull of the Sea of Cortes just beyond the windows.

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CAMILLA AND MARC to open Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018

Sydney – Australian luxury fashion brand, CAMILLA AND MARC, have been named the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ designers for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) in 2018.

CAMILLA AND MARC will present their Resort 2018 collection as the coveted opening show to kick off Australia’s largest industry-based fashion event. The ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents CAMILLA AND MARC’ event on Sunday, May 13 will mark the latest chapter for the brand that shot to prominence 15 years ago at MBFWA as a ‘New Generation’ designer.

Says Camilla Freeman-Topper “We are thrilled to open Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in 2018. It was our platform to launch the brand in 2003 and we have enjoyed many highlights together. It is exciting to reflect on 15 years and all the experiences we’ve had.” “It’s a fantastic platform for young, up-and-coming and established designers to present their collections and amplify to a local and a global audience” adds Marc Freeman.

The ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents CAMILLA AND MARC’ event will kick off a week-long schedule packed with Australia’s most notable and rising fashion talents. In being named the keynote designer, CAMILLA AND MARC join some distinguished alumni that includes Dion Lee, who was the ‘Mercedes Benz Presents’ designer in 2017, Toni Maticevski in 2016, Kym Ellery in 2015 and Carla Zampatti in 2014.

Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific CEO and Managing Director Horst von Sanden said the transformation of CAMILLA AND MARC once again demonstrates the importance of giving new and rising talent a platform to be seen.

“From an unknown 15 years, ago to the fashion powerhouse of CAMILLA AND MARC today, this is why the continuing support of Mercedes-Benz for the fashion industry matters so much” he said.

“Through design, innovation and technology, the worlds of fashion and automotive have so much in common. For this reason, we have supported the Australian fashion industry for more than two decades and it gives us great pleasure to provide a platform for fashion talent, here in Australia and all around the world.”

Both CAMILLA AND MARC will personally enjoy partnering with Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific. The relationship with Mercedes Benz is also somewhat nostalgic for both Camilla and Marc on a personal level.

“Our father owned Mercedes-Benz cars when we were growing up so partnering with this iconic brand brings back many happy family memories. Our key message of luxury and tailoring draws a link between the considered detail that goes into designing and manufacturing a Mercedes-Benz vehicle. With a commitment to supporting Australian fashion, we couldn’t think of a more perfect partnership” said Marc Freeman.

“I welcome CAMILLA AND MARC as the newest member of the Mercedes-Benz family and look forward to the next chapter in their remarkable success story” said Horst von Sanden.

Mercedes-Benz supports fashion events globally, lending its name to over 50 events during the year in more than 30 countries.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia kicks off on May 13 with the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents event at Sydney’s Carriageworks and continues until May 18

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IMG announces CAMILLA to close Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018

IMG has announced that iconic Australian brand CAMILLA will return to the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) Resort ‘19 Collections schedule, after two years, to stage a spectacular closing show. CAMILLA’s show will take place on Thursday 17 May 2018 at the home of MBFWA, Carriageworks in Sydney.

Founded fourteen years ago in Sydney’s Bondi Beach by designer and artist, Camilla Franks, CAMILLA has captured the imagination of the world with its vibrant and bespoke bohemian lifestyle offering. The CAMILLA wonderland has evolved to include women’s, men’s and children’s fashion, swim, accessories and home collections. CAMILLA has 19 boutiques throughout Australia, a multi-million dollar online business and over 500 stockists in 56 countries worldwide. Key retail partners include Selfridges, Harrods, Bergdorf-Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Four Seasons Hotels, Shopbop, Net-a-Porter and REVOLVE.

Additionally, CAMILLA will open Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Edition (MBFWE) with the Mercedes-Benz Opening Showcase: CAMILLA on Friday 18 May, allowing consumers to access the unique opportunity of sitting front row and experiencing the runway first-hand as the fashion industry does at MBFWA. All the action continues on Saturday 19 May with runway shows on the hour, fashion film screenings, exclusive shopping offers in The Stores @ MBFWE, complimentary hair and makeup sessions, access to the MBFWE Style Sessions and exclusive food and cocktails. Tickets are on sale now at

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